1 Million Hands Project looks for cancer survivors in Myrtle Beach area

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A New York man is in Myrtle Beach this week, working to collect one-million hand prints of cancer survivors. 

“Cancer can and will be beat,” said Jeremy Gorup, founder of the 1 Million Hands Project. “Those are the most alive people that I’ve ever met. When you face a tragedy like that, and you come through on the other side. Those people don’t waste a second.” 

Two years ago, Gorup’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, so he quit his job in California, sold his house, and moved back to the east coast to take care of her. She’s now been cancer free for the past year. In honor of the feat, Gorup started the 1 Million Hands Project. The goal is to get one million cancer survivors, from all across the country, to leave their handprint behind on his van. 

“When you get a cancer diagnosis there’s a lot of questioning, a lot of anger, a lot of frustration, so if you flip that and can turn your anger into something artful and beautiful,” said Gorup, “and share it with people, and help bring a community together, that’s what it’s all about.” 

If you’re a cancer survivor, you’re invited to leave your mark. All of the supplies, like the paint and gloves, will be provided. Gorup and the 1 Million Hands van will be at the Home Depot on Oak Forest Lane until Monday, March 18 from 8-10 a.m. and at the Walmart across Seaboard Street until Monday, March 18 from 6-9 p.m. 

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